Junior high opens doors for community enrichment classes

Jan 29 2012 - 11:19pm

OGDEN -- Mount Ogden Junior High School will launch its first session of community school classes on Tuesday.

"We are very excited about opening the school to the community," said Debbie Daniel, community school coordinator. "Our goal is to make Mount Ogden a hub of the community, and to provide the resources and enrichment classes that our community needs. We want to bring people together in our community."

Mount Ogden Junior High serves students from diverse economic backgrounds. Daniel said she hopes gathering for fun, educational courses will bring the community together and help parents unite in their support of their students.

But classes are open to all, not just the parents and students of Mount Ogden.

The four-session courses will be offered from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday with continuing sessions Feb. 7, 21 and 28. Courses are $5 for an individual. Families can pay $15, and members can sign up for their choice of courses.

Choices are:

* Quilting for Beginners, which includes cutting, piecing and quilting to make a simple quilt. Bring your own fabric, pattern, batting, thread and pins.

* Computer 101, to include skills such as saving and opening files, Internet basics and navigating basic programs.

* Families in the Kitchen, which teaches new recipes and food skills, dollar stretching and budgeting, and engaging children in healthful cooking.

* Polynesian Dance, taught for fun and fitness, said to enhance self-confidence and body awareness.

* Creative Writing, in which group members will discuss written self-expression, and learn about journals, blogs and writing family histories.

In-person registration takes place Tuesday before classes, with payment required at that time. Free child care is available for children who are potty trained.

Classes will be at Mount Ogden Junior High, 3260 Harrison Blvd. For information, call Daniel at 801-436-7182 or email ddaniel@ymcasaltlake.org.

The classes are a result of a partnership among the junior high school, the YMCA, Ogden School District and United Way of Northern Utah.

Daniel said a session of courses is planned for March, and that lineup may include an English as a Second Language course.

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